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Long hair is the beauty of the women. Most of the Indian women own the pride to have black silky long hair.

The practice of ‘Tonsuring’, the act of sacrificing ones hair to a Hindu deity, is the well known Hindu religious and traditional custom. Human hair (let me call it as Temple hair) is not the only hair traded in India, but it is the longest, cleanest and generally accepted as being the highest quality.

The human hair collected from the tonsure halls of popular Hindu temples is taken to the human hair processing factories. At the hair processing factory, temple hair is first sorted out. Often child laborers are engaged to sort out the temple hair. The sorted out hair is first soaked in caustic soda and then in shampoo over night then rinsed out in the next morning and spread out and sun-dried.

After several stages of cleaning, soaking, rinsing and sun-drying, the processed temple hair is sold to wig or human hair extension manufacturers. These manufacturers will sort out the hair by size and perform machine wefting. After machine wefting, the hair will be tied together and thus human hair extension is produced.

I have captured this woman selling human hair extension at Theagaraya Nagar (T.Nagar), Chennai.

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